Guys, guys! I discovered that I have a super power! It was totally unexpected. I was just messing around, not really paying attention, and BAM it appeared. A white belt made a comment about me doing something strategic. It was completely assumed a) I had a reason for what I was doing b) I was making an excellent choice. Why was this assumed? Because I have achieved a form of legitimacy in jiu jitsu – I have a purple belt.
It reminds me of the bit in The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy:
More importantly, a towel has immense psychological value. For some reason, if a strag (strag: nonhitchhiker) discovers that a hitchhiker has his towel with him, he will automatically assume that he is also in possession of a toothbrush, washcloth, soap, tin of biscuits, flask, compass, map, ball of string, gnat spray, wet-weather gear, space suit etc., etc. Furthermore, the strag will then happily lend the hitchhiker any of these or a dozen other items that the hitchhiker might accidentally have “lost.” What the strag will think is that any man who can hitch the length and breadth of the Galaxy, rough it, slum it, struggle against terrible odds, win through and still knows where his towel is, is clearly a man to be reckoned with.
By wearing a purple belt, a lower belt will automatically assume the purple belt knows what they are doing, has a plan, will execute that plan, is playing with you, is second guessing you, etc.
As someone who has struggled with Impostor Syndrome (every day all day!), I can assure you, this feels bizarre – the level of assumed competence is greater than what I attribute to myself. Perhaps it is a way of easing into your belt – you see others’ expectations and either you naturally rise to it or you work to where you mentally feel okay with it. Perhaps it is just a natural thing. Whatever it is – it’s a cool superpower!
JiuJiu’s Question: What is a legitimacy superpower you have? It could be sport or life related. How has it affected you? Also, how badass is it to have a superpower? 🙂